Cherokee County, TX (KETK) — A man is on the run after a weekend chase in Cherokee County.
Sgt. Patrick Dark with Cherokee County DPS tells KETK, the chase began following a routine traffic stop on Hwy. 110, about 5 miles north of New Summerfield just after 7:00 on Saturday night.
DPS Trooper Tim Hatch approached the driver, who began acting in a suspicious manner and fumbled for his driver's license.
There were two women in the vehicle with him.
When Trooper Hatch asked the driver to step out of the vehicle, the man sped away.
He made it a considerable distance before the trooper was able to make it back to his vehicle and pursue the driver.
Trooper Hatch spotted the driver a few times during the pursuit, but the driver turned down several roads, and eventually was lost on FM 264.
However, law enforcement was notified some time later by nearby residents who claimed they were contacted by a man and two women.
The three people asked the residents if they could be hidden at their house on Cherokee County Road 4912. When the homeowners refused to provide them with a place to hide, all three ran into a nearby wooded area.
DPS helicopter units were dispatched, and were able to locate the two women in the woods around 9:00 pm.
They were arrested, and their abandoned vehicle located.
However, the man who had been driving the vehicle managed to get away.
Authorities are still looking for him.
The names of the people involved have not been released at this time.